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May 2017 - I do think music cassettes are making a comeback. I really do.

However, there's no great in-depth anaylsis to back up my argument - only a gut feeling and a few sales. And this:

CDs these days are a real difficult sale. They are way out of fashion - almost similar to how vinyl was viewed a few years back. I wonder if in time the likes of HMV will stop stocking it in a similar way they stopped cassettes way back when. Certainly if you go to your local HMV you will notice how much bigger their vinyl shelves are getting - inexorably encroaching on the CD space seemingly. I just don't think at the moment people are buying CDs in any sort of meaningful numbers and I don't see that changing any time soon.

Will they come back into fashion? Maybe. Maybe not. I just don't know. But then I never saw the vinyl revolution coming. 10 years ago or so I would look at vinyl as a poor man's CD. How wrong I was. For a start people like the way music sounds on the vinyl and, secondly, as they are so much bigger than CDs then you get the size and power of the artwork the way the designers designed them to be appreciated in the 1970s and before modern technology and the CD usurped them. Size in this case really does matter.

The CD is dead; long live the LP! Oh and the digital download where you get nothing but it sounds good. I'm old skool.

As an aside, the vinyl revival is incredible. And inspiring. If you believe all the propaganda from parties with invested interest in the pushing of the digital download you'd believe that we are all trapped with that souless contraption; that there is no life beyond the invisible. And yet vinyl lives on or even has had a rebirth. Sure the % is small in comparison with its digital noisy neighbour and yet if some of us don't forget the physical format then we can make it grow.

But whatabout the cassette? Another casualty of the rise of the CD. Well I sourced a few recently as they were cheap not expecting anything as I really thought nobody would buy them. But then I sold 1, then another, a few more and a few more after that. So I set up this page to see if there really is a market and will report back here as soon as I have any meaningful news. Oh and spotted a few (and I mean a few) releases on cassette offered by HMV. Could they be seeing a sign of things to come?

It will be great if I was at the forefront of a revival as I like this small, neglected thing. It deserves a life, a little bit of space, in the music world. Never been involved in a revival. But my part would be small. If you are out there then you are responsible for the revival.

I have to say looking at cassettes they are cute. Certainly alot more aesthetically pleasing than the CD. The CD was always an awkward size and the artwork originally made for vinyl lost lots of its power when reduced to CD size. But the cassette was/is so small that it is just cute.

Paul Page, May 2017




INDEX:

UPDATED: MAY 2017

ABBA - Arrival Cassette, Album (UK) (1976)

ABBA - Greatest Hits Cassette, Compilation (UK) (1976)

ABBA - Super Trouper Cassette, Album (UK) (1980)

ABBA - The Visitors Cassette, Album (UK) (1981)

Alisha's Attic - The Incidentals UK Cassette Single (1998)

Marc Bolan & T. Rex. - Bolan's Zip Gun Cassette, Album (UK) (1989)

Marc Bolan & T. Rex. - Get It On Cassette, Compilation (UK) (1986)

Marc Bolan & T. Rex. - The Main Man 2 Cassette, Compilation (UK) (1986)

Marc Bolan & T. Rex. - Metal Guru Cassette, Maxi-Single (UK) (1991)

Marc Bolan & T. Rex. - Solid Gold Easy Action 2 Cassette, Compilation (UK) (1987)

Marc Bolan & T. Rex. - The Very Best Of Marc Bolan And T-Rex Cassette, Compilation, Stereo (UK) (1991)

Marc Bolan & T. Rex. - Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow - A Creamed Cage In August Cassette, Album (UK) (1974)

Betty Boo - Boomania Cassette, Album (UK) (1990)

David Bowie - Fame 90 Cassette, Single (UK) (1990)

David Bowie - Hallo Spaceboy Cassette, Single (UK) (1996)

David Bowie - Let's Dance Cassette, Album, Grey Cassette, Red Text (UK) (1983)

David Bowie - Miracle Goodnight Cassette, Single (UK) (1993)

David Bowie - Scary Monsters Cassette, Album (UK) (1980)

Kate Bush - And So Is Love Cassette, Single (UK) (1994)

Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love Cassette, Album (UK) (1985)

Kate Bush - The Kick Inside Cassette, Album (Canada) (1978)

Kate Bush - The Kick Inside Cassette, Album, Blue Print On Cassette (UK) (1978)

Kate Bush - Lionheart Cassette, Album, Reissue (France) (1984)

Kate Bush - Lionheart Cassette, Album, Reissue (UK) (1988)

Kate Bush - Love And Anger Cassette, Single (US) (1989)

Kate Bush & Larry Adler - The Man I Love Cassette (UK) (1994)

Kate Bush - Never For Ever Cassette, Album, Blue on-body print (UK) (1980)

Kate Bush - The Red Shoes Cassette, Album (UK & Europe) (1993)

Kate Bush - The Red Shoes Cassette, Single (UK) (1994)

Kate Bush - Rocket Man / Candle In The Wind Cassette, Single (UK) (1991)

Kate Bush - Rubberband Girl Cassette, Single (UK) (1993)

Kate Bush - The Sensual World Cassette, Album (UK) (1989)

Kate Bush - The Sensual World Cassette, Album (US) (1989)

Kate Bush - The Sensual World Cassette, Single (UK) (1989)

Kate Bush - The Whole Story Cassette, Compilation (UK) (1986)

Cher - Love Hurts Cassette, Single (UK) (1991)

Eric Clapton - Another Ticket Cassette, Album, Reissue (UK) (1984)

Eric Clapton - E.C. Was Here Cassette, Album, Reissue (UK)

Eric Clapton - The Cream Of Eric Clapton Cassette, Compilation (UK) (1987)

Eric Clapton - Journeyman Cassette, Album (UK & Europe) (1989)

Eric Clapton - Unplugged Cassette, Album (Germany) (1992)

Danzig - Danzig III: How The Gods Kill Cassette, Album (Europe) (1992)

Death Angel - Act III Cassette (US) (1990)

Death Angel - Frolic Through The Park Cassette, Album (US) (1988)

Celine Dion - Because You Loved Me Dutch Cassette Single (1996)

Dire Straits - Making Movies Cassette, Album (UK) (1980)

Eagles - Hell Freezes Over Cassette, Album (Germany) (1994)

Bryan Ferry - Ultimate Collection Cassette, Compilation (1988)

Fleetwood Mac - Tango In The Night Cassette, Album (UK & Europe) (1987)

Fleetwood Mac - Then Play On German Cassette

Peter Gabriel - Volume 1 UK Cassette Album (1977)

Guns N Roses - You Could Be Mine UK Cassette Single (1991)

M.C. Hammer - Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em Cassette, Album (UK) (1990)

Don Henley - Boys of Summer UK Cassette Single (1994)

Buddy Holly - Buddy Holly's Greatest Hits Cassette, Compilation (UK) (1971)

Huey Lewis and the News - Fore! UK Cassette Album (1986)

Iron Maiden - Bring Your Daughter.... ....To The Slaughter Cassette, Single (UK) (1990)

Iron Maiden - Fear Of The Dark Cassette, Album (UK) (1992)

Iron Maiden - Flight Of Icarus Cassette, Single (UK) (1993)

Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden Cassette, Album (Canada) (1980)

Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden Cassette, Album, Reissue (UK) (1985)

Iron Maiden - Killers Cassette, Album, Reissue (UK)

Iron Maiden - Maiden Japan Cassette, Mini-Album, Reissue, Dolby HX Pro (Canada)

Iron Maiden - Powerslave Cassette, Album, Yellow cassette (UK) (1984)

Iron Maiden - A Real Live One Cassette, Album (UK) (1993)

Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Cassette, Album (Europe) (1988)

Iron Maiden - Stranger In A Strange Land Cassette, Single (New Zealand) (1986)

Iron Maiden - Wasted Years Cassette, Single (New Zealand) (1986)

Michael Jackson - Bad Cassette, Album (UK) (1987)

Michael Jackson - Dangerous Cassette, Album (Europe) (1991)

Michael Jackson - Thriller Cassette, Album, Reissue (Europe)

Jean-Michel Jarre - The Concerts in China UK Cassette Album (1982)

Jean-Michel Jarre - In Concert: Houston / Lyon Cassette, Album (UK) (1987)

Jean-Michel Jarre - Magnetic Fields UK Cassette Album (1981)

Jean-Michel Jarre - Zoolook UK Cassette Album (1984)

Billy Joel - 52nd Street Cassette, Album (UK) (1980s)

Elton John - Made In England Cassette, Album (Europe) (1995)

Judas Priest - Stained Class Cassette, Album (UK) (1981)

Kula Shaker - Govinda Cassette, Single (UK) (1996)

Kula Shaker - K Cassette, Album (Netherlands) (1996)

Kula Shaker - K Cassette, Album (UK) (1996)

Kula Shaker - Mystical Machine Gun Cassette, Single (UK) (1999)

Madness - Complete Madness Cassette, Compilation (UK) (1982)

Paul McCartney - Flowers In The Dirt Cassette, Album (UK) (1989) + folded Paul McCartney 1990 Wembley Arena ticket

Paul McCartney - Off The Ground Cassette, Album (UK) (1993)

Paul McCartney - Paul Is Live Cassette, Album (UK) (1993) (with folded poster)

Paul McCartney - Unplugged: The Official Bootleg Cassette, Album (UK) (1991)

Madonna - True Blue Cassette, Album (UK & Europe) (1986)

Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell Cassette, Album, Grey Shell (UK) (1977)

Dannii Minogue - Love And Kisses Cassette, Album (Germany) (1991)

The Monkees - Here Come The Monkees Cassette, Album, Compilation (UK) (1983)

Morbid Angel - Blessed Are The Sick Cassette, Album (UK) (1991)

Nine Inch Nails (NIN) - The Downward Spiral Cassette, Album, Mixed (UK) (1994)

Gary Numan - Living Ornaments Cassette, Live, Album Cassette

Gary Numan / Tubeway Army - The Plan Cassette, Compilation Cassette (UK) (1984)

Gary Numan - The Pleasure Principle Cassette, Album, Blue Print On Cassette (UK) (1979)

Gary Numan - Telekon Cassette, Album Cassette

Gary Numan - Telekon Cassette, Album, Unofficial Release (Singapore)

Ocean Colour Scene - The Day We Caught The Train UK Cassette Single (1996)

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Greatest Hits Cassette, Compilation (Europe) (1993)

Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon UK 1980s Official Cassette

Pink Floyd - The Division Bell UK Cassette

Pink Floyd - Relics UK 1980s UK Official Cassette

Pink Floyd - The Final Cut UK Official Cassette

Poison - Open Up And Say ...Ahh! Cassette, Album (UK) (1988)

Prince - The Hits 2 Cassette, Compilation (Europe) (1993)

Queen - Greatest Hits Vol.2 Cassette Album (1991)

Queen - News of the World Cassette Album

Radiohead - The Bends Cassette, Album (UK) (1995)

Chris Rea - Auberge Cassette, Album (UK & Europe) (1991)

REM - What's The Frequency Kenneth? UK Cassette Single (1994)

Rush - Roll The Bones Cassette, Album (Europe) (1991)

Feargal Sharkey - Women & I UK Cassette Single (1991)

Paul Simon - The Rhythm Of The Saints Cassette, Album (UK & Europe) (1990)

Slayer - Divine Intervention Cassette, Album (Germany) (1995)

Slayer - Reign In Blood Cassette, Album (UK & Europe) (1986)

Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss Cassette, Album (Europe) (1990)

Spice Girls - Stop UK Cassette Single (1998)

Spice Girls - Too Much UK Cassette Single (1997)

The Stranglers Greatest Hits 1977-1990 Cassette, Compilation (UK) (1990)

Tangerine Dream - The Collection Cassette, Compilation, Double Play Cassette (UK) (1987)

Tears for Fears - Songs from the Big Chair UK Cassette Album (1985)

Todd Terry Feat. Martha Wash & Jocelyn Brown - Keep On Jumpin' UK Cassette Single (1996)

T-Rex - The Collection Cassette, Compilation (UK) (1986)

Tubeway Army - Are 'Friends' Electric? / Down In The Park Cassette, Single (UK) (1981)

U2 - The Unforgettable Fire UK Cassette Album (1984)

Various - The Hits Tape 2 Cassette, Compilation (UK) (1984)

Various - 2001 A Space Odyssey Cassette, Album (Holland)

Various - Now Dance 86 - The 12" Mixes 2 Cassette, Compilation (UK & Europe) (1986)

Various Artists - The Royal Concert 2 Cassette Set (UK) (1989)

Kim Wilde - Love is Holy UK Cassette Single (1992)

Steve Winwood - Back In The High Life Cassette, Album, Dolby (UK) (1986)

Neil Young - After The Gold Rush Cassette, Album (Germany)






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